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National Gallery of Canada

380 Sussex Dr, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 9N4 , Canada (Byward Market Area)
613-990-1985
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Ranked #8 of 147 Attractions in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Dating back to 1880, this visual arts museum holds in trust a collection of European and Canadian paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photos.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

It was lovely and I understand the importance of preserving and appreciating art but I found reconciling this magnificent building with homelessness in Canada difficult.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

Like many Canadians, I did not know how many treasures we have. The National Gallery is huge and the collections are beautiful and varied.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

There are quite a few galleries and museums in Ottawa. The National Gallery is definitely one you should put on your list to do. I have been to a lot of galleries across the world and this is one of my favorites. I only spent a few hours here, but in the few hours I was there , there was... More

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Qualicum Beach, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

having been through a few museums and galleries over the last number of years, we decided to limit our visit here to the Canadian art section. quite interesting. would have liked more of Colville and the pratts. wonderful entranceway. lunch in the café worked, especially with the view. easy to walk here from our hotel near the parliament buildings. lots... More

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Vancouver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

I used the portable guide and tried in the 3 hours to see and absorb as many art works as possible. Impossible; I should have dedicated a whole day for the visit.

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I had not visited the National Gallery for several decades and had not been inside of this newer facility. The Gallery has a wonderful building that is a pleasure to visit. The displays are well-presented and interesting. One visit is not enough to appreciate everything but is well-worth even a few hours.

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Westside
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

The main hallway is beautiful. Unlike other art museums (MOMA, MET, etc) you cannot take any pictures of the artwork, even without flash. There are two eating areas, a 'cafe' type of place at the end of the long hallway and a cafeteria hidden in the back. Thursday evenings are free (5pm-8pm)! Take advantage of this. Some of the exhibitions... More

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

I visited wanting to see the Group of Seven. Some iconic originals very happy to see. The contemporary section was not my style, but I bared with it.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I fully appreciated and enjoyed my visit to the arts gallery. There were so many lovely pantings to marvel at, the building itself is a piece of arts . Lovely gift shops too, I find the Inuvit arts in the basement most interesting of all. This place is a must do when in Ottawa, in my opinion.

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Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Was blown away by the star-studded painting collection, the amazing contemporary choral installation, and the sheer size of the museum. Definitely would go again!

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